When you begin to train you’re your puppy it is very important that every member of the family use the exact same commands. For instance if you are training your dog to sit just use the word ‘SIT’. I go to many homes to teach people the basic commands with their puppies and often find one member of the family saying “Rover Sit” and another member saying “Rover Sit Down” two completely different commands but they both want the puppy to do the same thing. I advise people to make a ‘Command sheet’ for the puppy training so everyone uses the same commands each time. Try to use one word commands whenever possible and use the dog’s name first e.g. Rover Sit. Never train your puppy if you are either angry or tired. No shouting commands at the puppy. Use lots of treats and praise in an enthusiastic voice. Lure or guide the puppy gently – never push or pull the dog into position. Try to incorporate games into the training to make it fun for both you and the puppy. BE CONSISTENT – BE CLEAR – BE CALM”.
Susie Jones, Dog Trainer - BCCS Dip PL Can Bhv